Chipping Warden – 103-3 off 12.3 overs
Gawcott & Hillesden – 101-9 off 20 overs
Gawcott & Hillesden CC could not retain the trophy they won last season as they were soundly beaten on Sunday at Chipping Warden, whilst Colin Piggott batted bravely to reach fifty-two only one other batsmen made double figures and with four not scoring at all, the target they set their hosts simply wasn’t anywhere near enough; Warden saw bowler James Coyne take four wickets including a hatrick, then with the bat hit an unbeaten sixty-nine to see his side home with seven overs to spare.
A cloudy but warm afternoon welcomed both sides onto the pitch in this South Northants Div. Three/Four T20 Cup Final, Gawcott opened with skipper Alex Piggott & John Patterson who reached fourteen before the latter was clean bowled by Arlo Jackson, just a couple of runs later Alex Piggott went the same way but from sixteen for two the away side settled with Colin Piggott at the crease. Alongside Kyle Bennion the pair put on twenty-eight until the latter was removed by Coyne, Matt Folkes came in at five but was caught out on the boundary by Jamie Capon, Sam Ellison came in and only made two but stayed around with Piggott as they added a further nineteen until Capon struck, Jonny Dale failed to score but again helped Piggott get the score up to seventy-six before he was caught.
Luke Stafford saw his stumps removed first ball by Coyne and the hatrick duly saw Stuart Holmes given lbw to spark celebrations amongst the home side, Piggott reached his half century before he was bowled but his partnership with Chris Dickens had made twenty-one, the final few balls saw Dickens alongside youngster Nathan Holmes get the score to one hundred & one for nine. The pick of the home bowling was clearly Coyne who took four wickets for just six runs off his four overs, which included two maidens, Jackson took three for fifteen off his allocated spell.
Capon opened for Warden alongside Joel Berry and they lost the former without scoring but from there they took control, Coyne came to the crease and hit boundaries on a regular basis, despite losing Berry lbw to Dale with the score on thirty-nine Simon Buttram came to the middle and made seven in a partnership worth thirty-six but it was the batsmen the opposite end who was smashing anything thrown at him, despite a change of attack Gawcott simply could not make a breakthrough and despite Colin Piggott removing Buttram with the score on seventy-five Coyne & Jackson saw the home side over the line to lift the trophy. Piggott ending with two wickets for twelve runs off his three overs, Dale one for thirty-seven off his twenty-one balls.
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